LAUREN HEWITT

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THE GLOAMING

This series is an exploration of how our responses to the elusive light and landscape of night can shape our imagination. Drawing from the traditions of film noir, these images represent the shift in mood that occur as daylight slips into dusk.  Suburbia, under the shadow of darkness, metamorphoses into another world far from its daytime ideals. With the coming of night, familiar sights become unfamiliar settings, and narrative possibilities begin to emerge. From the corner of our eyes, we catch a glimpse of the emptiness and desolation that gives rise to a brief fable, short lived, yet lingering.

Working alone in the obscurity of a street-lit night, I seek to capture the urban after dark – an evocative space of strange glows and subtle shadows that impels the imagination. This atmosphere heightens the senses, instilling a sense of urgency and vulnerability. These nightscapes are not grand; rather they are still, silent and suggestive. They consider how personal histories and memories inform our responses to the inhabited landscape. We often do not choose our broader surroundings; they occur as a consequence to the places in which we choose to dwell.

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BIOGRAPHY

Since the completion of her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the ANU School of Art, Lauren’s work has appeared in several group shows at PhotoAccess, Tuggeranong Arts Centre¬†and M16 Artspace. Her recent series, Dwell, reveals how she draws inspiration from the landscapes we inhabit: physically, emotionally and creatively. She will be exhibiting her work at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney in March 2010. More of her photographs can be found at www.lauren-hewitt.com